Film/Print Scanner

qweasdzyc

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I'm looking to get a scanner that can do both prints and negatives in the $100-150 range. Most of the scanners I've read reviews for are good at prints but their negative scanning is sub-par.

However, the Canon CanoScan 8400F seems like a pretty good deal. (PC Mag review) The 4200F is a bit cheaper and seems to have similar specs, but I couldn't find any full-fledged reviews.

Has anyone had any experience with either of these models? Or perhaps theres another one in this price range you can recommend?
 

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To get decent scanns of negatives or slides I personally think you'll have to look at a better quality scanner. For prints the one your thinking about will probably be OK although I know nothing about the particular model you are talking about.

If you are serious about the negatives and slides a couple to look at (although above the price range your talking about) would be the Minolta or Nikon film scanners. They are dedicated film scanners. They don't do prints. I have a Nikon Coolscan and find it an excellent scanner. Sorry I couldn't be more help. Good luck!
 

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qweasdzyc said:
I'm looking to get a scanner that can do both prints and negatives in the $100-150 range. Most of the scanners I've read reviews for are good at prints but their negative scanning is sub-par.

However, the Canon CanoScan 8400F seems like a pretty good deal. (PC Mag review) The 4200F is a bit cheaper and seems to have similar specs, but I couldn't find any full-fledged reviews.

Has anyone had any experience with either of these models? Or perhaps theres another one in this price range you can recommend?

I have the older model of Canoscan D 1230 UF and it does pictures as well as films from 35mm to 4x6. It's a decent scanner...err... let me put it this way: a good scanner for photos and a decent scanner at best for film. As airgunr said, you'd be better off with a dedicated film scanner, Minoltas and Nikons alike. I know they're $$$$ but a lot of people swear by them. There is another film scanner out there, kinda new, made by Plustek. I think I posted here a link to it. Worth checking it out.


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I use the expensive Nikon Coolscan 5000 at my college, for all my medium format films. But at home I have a cheap Epson 1670 flatbed scanner (I use for my 35mm films) which I got for like $139.

Now and then I have 35mm scans (slides and negs) that turn out GREAT from the Epson, but high end scanners are usually always better because they have auto-focus capabilities. Might be a problem on a flat-bed scanner, which you are looking into.
 

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I have the canoscan 8400F, it works great for both print and neg/slide scanning, the MF scanning takes some figuring out but overall Im pleased, I bought mine for 150 shipped from newegg.com.
 

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